Eastern Promises

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A russian teenager living in london who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent russian mob family.

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Studio Universal
SKU 206232384
UPC 025193330024
UPC 14 00025193330024
Format DVD
Release Date 1/6/2009
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Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Armin Mueller-Stahl - Actor
Carol Spier - Production Designer
David Cronenberg - Director
Howard Shore - Original Music By
Naomi Watts - Actor
Paul Webster - Producer
Peter Suschitzky - Cinematographer
Rebecca Holmes - Art Director
Ronald Sanders - Editor
Stephen Garrett - Executive Producer
Steven Knight - Writer
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
Vincent Cassel - Actor
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Review Eastern Promises is the latest effort from acclaimed filmmaker David Cronenberg, whose recent work has elevated his status from that of a cult figure to someone in the mainstrem. Although the director has re-teamed with his The History of Violence star, Viggo Mortensen, the results aren't as satisfactory. Eastern Promises is a jumbled string of mob-related cliches that mesh into something that's derivative and at times uninteresting...Cronenberg delivers twice when it comes to gore and violence. The movie opens with one of these trademark scenes as a man's throat is slit while he's in a barber's chair. (Encouragement to tip well.) Later, there's a no holds-barred two-on-one between Nikolai and a couple of thugs. What makes this interesting is that Viggo Mortensen is naked for the entire battle. This is one of those rare movies when there's plenty of male nudity as Mortensen literally lets it all hang out. (Hetero men will be glad to know that there are a few bare breasts here and there, although none belongs to Naomi Watts.)...Perhaps the director set the bar so high with The History of Violence (a flawed but at times brilliant motion picture) that there was no way he could equal it with Eastern Promises, but for him to fall so far short is nothing less than criminal.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Eastern Promises" is no ordinary crime thriller, just as Cronenberg is no ordinary director. Beginning with low-rent horror films in the 1970s, because he could get them financed, Cronenberg has moved film by film into the top rank of directors, and here he wisely reunites with Mortensen, star of their "A History of Violence" (2005). No, Mortensen is not Russian, but don't even think about the problem of an accent; he digs so deeply into the role you may not recognize him at first...The script is by Steven Knight, author of the powerful "Dirty Pretty Things" (2002), about a black market in body parts. Set in London, it had scarcely a native-born Londoner in it. He's fascinated by the worlds within the London world. Here, too. His lines of morality are more murkily drawn here, as allegiances and loyalties shift, and old emotions turn out to be forgotten but not dead...The actors and the characters merge and form a reality above and apart from the story, and the result is a film that takes us beyond crime and London and the Russian mafia and into the mystifying realms of human nature.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Video Format DVD
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A.O. Scott, The New York Times ...a movie whose images and implications are likely to stay in your head for a long time.
Glenn Kenny, Premiere One of Cronenberg's subtlest, most insinuating pictures, and one of the highlights of the year so far.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone A mesmerizing power-punch of a thriller!
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian Cronenberg has, as Guillermo del Toro did in "Pan's Labyrinth," crafted both a drama and a fairy tale...
Todd McCarthy, Variety A superbly wrought yarn...[that] instantly takes its place among David Cronenberg's very best films.

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